Mental health professionals seek to restore something else survivors lost: Peace of mind

In Houston, droves of mental health professionals have fanned out to various shelters to volunteer. At the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, a temporary hospital has erected a separate mental health section.

“Having that early, early support is very important,” said Susan Fordice, president and chief executive of Mental Health America of Greater Houston. “I think it’s important that people get back to some sense of normalcy and routine, and I realize what an incredible challenge that is going to be. What has happened here is unprecedented, it’s going to take a lot, and we’re going to have to really rally the mental health community and be present in many different places to provide support.”

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